I've been hard at work over the last several months - building new partnerships with humanitarian organizations, securing key funding, and preparing for the next phase of the project. I anticipate being able to announce upcoming travel plans and other exciting developments soon.
Busy as it's been, I've been turning down press inquires to stay focused on the daunting tasks at hand, but two requests couldn't be ignored. Both felt like milestones and a great way to mentally close this first chapter of the project.
The first is a feature in the "Arts" issue of Indonesian-based fashion and lifestyle magazine Aquila Style. The groundbreaking publication is targeted to Muslim women around the world. Australian-based author / journalist Amal Awad wrote an incredibly comprehensive and thoughtful piece on WAR-TOYS, touching on the progress thus far and my plans for the future. The entire issue, designed for phones and tablets, can be downloaded via Apple's App Store or Google Play.
Huge thanks to Amal, everyone at Aquila Style, and Catinca Tabacaru for the introduction. And congratulations to Catinca for the upcoming opening of the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in Manhattan!
The second feature is from the influential American Photo Magazine. This attention from my peers in the photo industry is extremely flattering, even more so in an article written by Michelle Bogre. Michelle was chair of the Photography Department at Parsons School of Design during the last few years I was there earning my BFA. Aside from being a generous source of inspiration and knowledge, she deserves an award for not strangling a much younger and much more arrogant version of myself. I led a student revolt against newly required coursework that was NOT pure photography and therefore a waste of time as far as I was concerned. After twenty years, I can concede that being forced to learn some brand new computer program called "Photoshop" was perhaps a good thing.
In the years since, Michelle has remained a good friend and extremely kind supporter of my career. I'm grateful for everything, most recently, this printed validation of a lot of hard work.
I look forward to sharing what comes next.